The Sports Centre Health Club is part of the world-famous Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Centre, a complex that receives over 4 million visitors each year and occupies 28-acres in Manhattan, right on the Hudson River. The club offers busy New Yorkers access to a 6-lane pool, a ¼ mile running track, NYC’s only indoor sand volleyball court, basketball, boxing, rock climbing and a 20,000 sq ft cardio and weights room right in the heart of New York City.
In every public facility, management needs to be fully aware of health and safety issues. Water is always a hazardous problem and it was imperative to take precautions which would reduce any risk of slipping on the floor tiles. At the same time, it was important to consider matters of hygiene. Skin complaints of the feet are most commonly caused in changing rooms, swimming pools and other areas because bare feet can easily be contaminated. Finally, it was important to fit a floor covering which would complement the existing interior decor.
After extensive research, their chosen solution was Heronrib a thermally welded PVC open grid matting that required zero installation costs. The matting was chosen because of its worldwide reputation as the best solution for reducing accidents and slipping, especially in wet areas, such as changing rooms, around swimming pools and in showers. The matting provided the Sports Centre with additional special benefits because it is not only comfortable to stand on; it has sanitized additives which provide hygienic anti-fungal and anti-bacterial protection.
As Bill Gordon, Director of Operations at the Sports Centre explained: “We went with Heronrib wet surface matting because of the ‘4-way drainage’ system which prevents water from building up underneath. It also offered wonderful slip resistance, included an antibacterial additive, was UV resistant and is easy on bare feet. Prior to discovering
Heronrib we were unable to find another mat that included all these performance characteristics”.
Heronrib has an open grid construction with raised profile underbars which enable water to drain away easily in all directions. This means that the top surface remains virtually dry and highly slip-resistant. The matting, available in several colours, is very hard-wearing, comfortable to stand on and hygienic for bare feet. It has zero installation costs and is UV resistant.
Project: Sports Centre Health Club
Client: Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Centre, NYNY
Brief: To provide a hygienic solution to guard against slipping on wet floor tiles
Solution: Heronrib slip resistant matting
Heronrib is 30% recycled factory material. It is manufactured in the UK and the US by Plastex Matting Inc (Heronrib.com) It is available in 50, 60, 91, 100 and 122 cm widths and in rolled sections up to 10 meters long and can be ordered in your own custom colours. Heronrib is available from Goldpack in South Africa.